I have been a huge fan of Chie Mihara shoes and boots for years. I bought my first two pairs at Robin Richman in Chicago about 4 years ago (and a few more at Niche and Bloomingdale's). I love them not only for their style, but for comfort. Slightly retro, yet with a heel height that does not frighten me…I quickly became a huge fan. The shoes are so comfortable, you can wear them all day…in fact I did back during my Neiman Marcus days. I have had my collection resoled more times than I have any other brand of shoes I own. To me that's a huge testament that they are worth keeping around, are very wearable and don't go out of style quickly. I get more compliments on my purple suede Chie Mihara retro booties, but I digress.
The Spanish shoe designer actually lived in New York and is of Japanese decent, but was born in Brazil. Got that? It's important to note that history because her aesthetic is influences by all of the above. I recently found out Chie has a background in orthopedic footwear, which is why her footwear is so comfortable! For Fall '09 she has really outdone herself. These collection are ultra-feminine and vintage-inspired. Check out the amazing ruffle, cutout and jeweled detailing. I want every pair. It has been a few years since I added to my Chie Mihara shoe wardrobe and I think it's now time to get some more!
" You don't have suffer to be beautiful" – Chie Mihara.
Check out this video of Chie below!
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